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RAC: Govt must make radical changes to prevent gridlock

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The RAC Foundation has called on the government to make radical changes to the way in which people in new and used cars pay for road use.

A "fundamental shift" is required in order to prevent traffic gridlock in the coming decades, the charity claims.

With this is mind, the RAC Foundation believes that some form of "pay-as-you-go" road pricing scheme is inevitable.

In the group's latest publication, Governing and Paying for England's Roads, RAC Foundation director Professor Stephen Glaister says that the UK road network is suffering from a "lack of vision", while traffic could rise by 33 per cent by 2025.

He added: "In terms of keeping the country moving we are almost at the end of the road.

"The population is rising and traffic is forecast to grow too. Something needs to be done. At the moment, nothing is."

Road surface condition also remains a concern, with Continental Tyres reporting last week that some ten million motorists have suffered pothole damage at some point.
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